Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is our hero - he is talking us through his
mid life crisis...
Fitts (Wes Bentley) moves in next door with Ma and Pa, films girl
(Jane Burnham (Thora Birch), Lester's daughter). Jane falls in love
with Ricky who has a superhuman strength about him. She apparently
asks him to murder her father at the beginning of the movie, thus
setting up the tension for later on. Welcome to this strange movie
world of disfunctionality...
our panel of critics thought
My!! God!!! How those red rose petals telegraphed that old devil
called love!!! !t's Magn!f!co!!!!"
truly inspirational satire of American life. Nothing is as it appears
until the end when everything disappears. If this movie was any
more cynical it could sneer itself to death."
Never, in movie mayhem history, have I ever seen a peeping Tom fall
in love and set to marry his prey and yet he is not the reason for
the blood bath at the end."
Please tell me the ending (SPOILER)
Fitts sees what be believes is his son, Ricky, giving Lester Burnham
a blow job. Ricky is in fact rolling a joint but the window through
which this is seen is not big enough. When confronted with this fact,
Ricky tells his father that he is gay.
Colonel confronts Lester and a misunderstanding occurs (the Colonel
is talking about the love that dare not
speak its name and Lester is talking about the
smoke that you dare not speak of). Colonel Fitts kisses
Lester. Lester politely rejects the Colonel pointing out the misunderstanding.
The Colonel then shoots Lester.
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truly mesmerizing tease, of who's gonna do what and when to dear
old Lester, Kevin Spacey's triumphant middle aged victim of crisis.
that moment of middle aged crisis when one suddenly comes to terms
with a choice:
Keep on doing what you have always done - quiet desperation is
how, it is said, most people live, or
Blackmail your boss for $60,000 and take a job in a burger bar
it's your choice.
our hero chooses the latter choice, or else the movie would have
been much the poorer for it.
borderline classic, as on second viewing the tension evaporates
as if down the plug hole of a bath. However there are some pleasing
moments, and perhaps a lesson or two for the masses in their incredibly
boring jobs... Jump! I tell you!
is too much beauty in this world."
of those strange movies which pulls you in. Originally we saw this
movie not expecting much (but noting it had won many awards). We
were very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it.
problem with this movie is that once you have seen it (in a similar
way to Sixth Sense after you have watched that back the second time
just to check it) all the mystery has gone so really make an effort
the first time around as that is the best time.
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